Sotheby's At Large

Cecil Beaton at Home: A Passion for Interior Design, Gardening and Entertaining

Cecil Beaton was one of twentieth-century Britain’s Renaissance men: a photographer, costume designer, set designer, playwright, creator of fashion fabrics, and writer on refined interiors and the personalities who inhabited them. He also happened to be a fine interior decorator and a new book, Cecil Beaton at Home, focuses on two homes dear to Beaton’s heart—Ashcombe House, near the Wiltshire village of Tollard Royal, and Reddish House, located in Broad Chalke, another village in the same county—as well as London's Pelham Place and Beaton’s New York hotel suites.  Author Andrew Ginger’s lavishly illustrated visual biography brings together original photographs from the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s to present an intimate picture of Beaton’s extraordinary life. Click ahead to see a selection of the writer’s highlights from the book.